NBA Players With The Highest Career Points Per Game By Tiers

Can you guess who the 29 players with the highest career points per game scoring average are?


Only two players in NBA history have averaged over 30.0 points per game in their careers


No player has ever averaged between 28.0 points per game and 29.9 points per game in their career


There are a total of 29 players in NBA history to average at least 23.0 points per game in their careers


Just a few months ago, we decided to place the NBA players with the most career playoff points into tiers. This allowed a more in-depth and overall different look at those players as it pertains to where they stand among the game’s greatest scorers. As far as total points and longevity stats go, some people do not find them as valuable as per game stats. Well, look no further than the article below for those answers. 


Below are the 29 NBA players with the highest career points per game by tiers. Whether they are current players whose averages are bound to change or NBA legends whose career points per game are long solidified, their achievements will be honored below as one of the game’s best scorers on a per-game basis. There are currently 29 players with a career scoring average of at least 23.0 points per game, and that is where we will begin our excitement today.



Starting things off are the players who averaged between 23.0 points per game and 23.9 points per game in their NBA careers. Karl-Anthony Towns just makes this tier with a career 23.0 points per game average. Towns will be heading into his ninth season with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2022-23 and is one of the more potent perimeter threats among big men. He has shot a career 39.5% from three and has eclipsed 24.0 points per game in a season five out of eight completed seasons in the NBA so far.


Lakers legend George Mikan averaged 23.1 points per game in his seven-year NBA career. He began his career in 1949 with his first career scoring title averaging 28.3 points per game. He would win two more in a row in 1950 and 1951 averaging 27.4 and 28.4 points per game respectively. Mikan would lead the Lakers to five NBA championships during his short career and shot the ball 40.4% overall as well as 78.2% from the foul line.


Rick Barry is one of the game’s greatest scorers and small forwards; there is no doubt about that. Barry played a total of 10 seasons in the NBA where he won his only career scoring title in 1967 with the Warriors averaging 35.4 points per game on 45.1% shooting. After a brief stint in the ABA, Barry returned to the NBA in 1973 to average 22.3 points per game. In 1975, he averaged 30.6 points per game on 46.4% shooting and led the Warriors to an NBA championship while claiming Finals MVP honors.


Although more recognized for his elite ball-handling skills, Kyrie Irving has quietly turned into one of the NBA’s greatest scorers. Irving averages 23.4 points per game for his career on 47.2%/39.1%/88.5% shooting splits. His career-high in scoring came in 2020 and 2022 with the Brooklyn Nets when he averaged 27.4 points per game in each of those two seasons. In 2021, Kyrie joined the 50/40/90 club averaging 26.9 points per game with the Nets as well.


Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant scorers in NBA history. Aside from his incredible NBA Finals scoring records, O’Neal dominated the regular season as well. O’Neal would average over 29.0 points per game three times in his career with two of those seasons resulting in scoring titles with the Lakers in 2000 and with the Magic in 1995. O’Neal would also lead the NBA in field goal percentage 10 times in his career and shot 58.2% overall over the course of 19 seasons. His career-high came on his birthday back in 2000 when he dropped 61 points against the Clippers using the fact that he couldn’t secure tickets for friends and family as motivation.


The final member of Tier 6 is going to be Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker. Since his second season in 2017, Booker has averaged at least 22.0 points per game every season he has been on the court. In four of the last five seasons heading into 2023-24, Booker has averaged at least 26.5 points per game as well. In 2022-23, Booker averaged a career-high 27.8 points per game on 49.4% shooting overall.



Gideon Canice

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